County round-up: Harmison fires salvo at selectors and lowly Surrey
Sunday 20 July 2008
Stephen Harmison reminded the England selectors of his presence in more ways than one as he polished off the Surrey tail to help Durham to a 10-wicket victory at Guildford which took them to the top of Division One.
The pace bowler is trying to force his way back into the England side and had strong words for the selectors on their decision to call up the relatively unknown Australian paceman Darren Pattinson for the Second Test at Headingley, suggesting that it showed a lack of faith in home-grown youngsters.
"The amount of money the ECB have pushed into young bowlers, taking them to Chennai and the Academy – are we saying the young bowlers aren't good enough?" asked the 29-year-old, who has played 57 Tests. "I haven't seen him [Pattinson] bowl. I was asleep when we played them. But good luck to him, he has taken his chance. If he deserves it I'm not sure, but good luck to him."
Harmison took 4 for 102 as Surrey, still without a win this season, lost their last seven wickets for 63 runs to leave Durham a meagre target of 133 after tea. Michael Di Venuto and Mark Stoneman both made accomplished half-centuries.
Somerset helped their push for back-to-back titles, having won Division Two last year, and their first-ever Championship pennant with victory over Kent at Taunton. In the absence of the Kent captain Robert Key, who was attending the birth of his son, Steffan Jones (5 for 53) took the final three wickets in his side's 246-run victory .
At Arundel, the defending champions Sussex completed a 10-wicket win over Hampshire to register their first win in two months as Hampshire's batting again failed them and they were bowled out for 179. The 22-year-old off spinner Ollie Rayner made the most of a slow pitch to take his second five-wicket haul.
Division Two continued to be dominated by Warwickshire as they beat Middlesex by an innings and 56 runs at Uxbridge. Chris Woakes, 19, took a career-best 5 for 37 as Warwickshire kept up their unbeaten record.
Northamptonshire were batted out of the game by Derbyshire as Chris Rogers scored 118. Jonathan Clare, who followed up his maiden first-class century with figures of 7 for 74, starred in the draw.
Glamorgan were heading for defeat after following on at New Road on day three, with the Worcestershire debutant Imran Arif taking four more wickets.
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